Tacium Vincent and Associates: Project Update

The interior and exterior renovation of Tacium Vincent and Associates’ new office space is nearly complete. Located in the former Video Cellar building at 206 St. Mary’s Road, the transformation from a teal and yellow building to a modern tile, longboard, and aluminum paneled exterior in neutral greys and warm wood tones has been drastic.

The interior renovation of the 3,000 square foot space has been significant as well. A centralized work area was created with private offices circling the perimeter. A new reception area, board room, staff rooms and washrooms were all added and finished in greys with leafy green pops of colour and wood accents to add warmth to the space. An industrial look was created within the modern space through the salvaging of existing storefront glazing in the board and staff room spaces.

A major challenge of the renovation was its proximity to a high school, and the tendency of the building to be a target for graffiti. All exterior materials used are graffiti resistant, so that spray paints can easily be wiped off the face of the building. The longboard wood exterior application was also used to reduce visibility of staff inside, decreasing the amount of glare, as well as increasing building security.

The interior and exterior spaces are on track to achieve a December 2016 completion. Please see above for a few photos of the space and stay tuned for final exterior photographs which will be added in the coming weeks.


Tacium Vincent and Associates Project Team
Principal Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Project Architect: Marty Kuilman
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Junior Designer: George Vincent

Access Saint Boniface: 2016 Access Award Recepient

MMP is proud to announce that the recently completed, Access Saint Boniface, was the recipient of a 2016 Award of Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design. With over 30 nominations, and a rigorous touring process, winning one of these five awards is a great honour.

The Access Awards raise awareness of the importance of accessibility and universal design throughout the City of Winnipeg. These annual awards honour projects that make life more equitable, safe, comfortable, and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities. In addition, the awards allow for further education, discussion, and outreach around progress in universal design.

An awards ceremony was held last week in the third floor multi-purpose room of the new Access Centre. Members of the community, staff from the various health and community organizations housed within the Access Centre, as well as Winnipeg Regional Health representatives gathered to celebrate the achievement. Councilor Ross Eadie and representatives from the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee presented the award to MMP Architects and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Thank you to all members of the Access Saint Boniface team who made this project a success. Please find some photos of the event above and additional photos of the Access Saint Boniface project linked in the tag below.


Award photo above (L-R)
Ken Kollinger (WRHA), Monique Constant (Centre de Sante), Susant Stratford (Centre de Sante), Leslie Badger (WRHA), Hailey Connor (MMP), Ross Eadie (City Councilor and Access Award Committee), Chris Daly (MMP), Real Cloutier (WRHA).
 

Access Saint Boniface Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Intern Architect and Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Bethesda Primary Care Centre: Project Update

MMP’s integrated and collaborative healthcare project, Bethesda Primary Care Centre is well underway in Steinbach, Manitoba. At the end of September, a group of 30 University of Manitoba architecture students had the opportunity to visit the 29,447 sf new building as part of their fourth year construction course. Intern Architect and Contract Administrator, Kristin Szuminsky toured the hard hat and steel toe clad students around the construction site and answered questions ranging from what it’s like managing a multi-tenant building, to how integrating various systems into a project of this scale works, to what it’s like to be a woman on the job site.

Special thanks to Kristin for taking the time out of her day to lead an informative tour. Thanks also to U of M instructor Jac Comeau for coordinating the class tour, and to the students for their interest in the construction process and for providing us with photos from the day.


Bethesda Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Russell Park Manor 55+

The Russell Park Manor 55+ project is nearing completion. Designed by MMP Architects, the three storey building located at the north end of Main Street in Russell, Manitoba has a colourful street presence, tranquil outdoor areas, and warm common spaces.

Constructed next to the existing Lions Manor building, the new Park Manor building has a central location within a few blocks of Main Street conveniences. It features a stately entry canopy with car drop off zone and a magnificent lobby space with comfortable seating for conversations with family and friends. The multi-purpose room is the central gathering space and the vaulted ceilings, kitchen and gas fireplace make this space distinctive. This space is the heart of the building and will be used for a variety of activities from family celebrations, to tenant meetings, to afternoon crib games with fellow residents.

Two suite configurations are available for lease: 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. The suites were designed to be compact and efficient, but still manage to feel open and inviting, in part because of the modern, open concept floor plan. Generously sized windows in the living room and bedrooms allow for views, natural light and fresh air. All suites have been designed to be wheelchair friendly.

A natural palette of finishes was chosen to enhance the connection to nature and well being.  Rich, wood grains create feelings of warmth and beauty and can be found in the laminated veneer plank and carpet, which were chosen with visual appeal, comfort and durability in mind. Different colours were chosen for the corridors of each floor level to aid residents in wayfinding and navigation.   

Russell Park Manor 55+ is now accepting expressions of interest for life lease. For more information, please contact Terry Rolfe at (204) 773-4728. 


Russell Park Manor 55+ Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel
Contract Administrator: Charlene Kroll

Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Tower Engineering Group

*Photos courtesy of Russell Park Manor and MMP

2016 MMP Staff Retreat

From August 18-20, MMP Architects employees once again turned on our “out of office” email notifications, locked the office doors, and took off on our annual staff retreat. This highly anticipated work event brings all of the MMP employees together for a three day stay at a cabin on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our break from the office provides staff the time to regroup, bond as a team, work together in a team building exercise, and unwind together.

Some highlights from our time away included coloured bonfires, pontoon boat adventures, beach lounging, dance parties, karaoke, frisbee matches, a washer toss tournament, tenting, amazing food (including a crab boil) and drinks, snacks and much more. A feature of this year’s retreat was our first ever MMP Golf Tournament! Graciously sponsored by a number of product reps, teams of four took to the links of Grand Pines Golf Club for a day of (mostly) friendly competition. The rain stopped right as the first group teed off, and I think all would agree that we had a great day battling it out for bragging rights as well as some amazing prizes.

I’ve said it before, but it truly is so great to work for a company that values bonding together as a team. A big thank you to our gracious hosts, and all the folks that helped make our time away such a great experience.

Please see above for a few photos from our weekend together.

Bethesda Primary Care Centre: Project Update

Construction on the integrated and collaborative healthcare project, Bethesda Primary Care Centre, is well underway in Steinbach, Manitoba. Acting as primary consultant, MMP collaboratively designed a 29,447 sf building that follows the "Access Centre" model, used throughout Winnipeg, by providing a wide variety of disciplines that will be co-located in one facility. The anticipated opening date of the new Bethesda Primary Care Centre, located at 381 Stonebridge Crossing, is August 2017.

See above for a few construction photos as well as a shot of project lead designer, Kristin Szuminsky and project interior designer Kristin Reischek in front of the Bethesda Primary Care Centre site. This shot of Kristin and Kristin was taken on the same day as the 23rd annual Drive for Excellence Golf Tournament in support of the Bethesda Foundation. MMP Architects was a proud sponsor of the event, and also participated in the tournament.


Bethesda Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Access Saint Boniface: Complete!

The Saint Boniface Access Centre is a hub of support for the surrounding Saint Boniface community. Acting as primary consultant, MMP recently completed Winnipeg’s newest health access centre, Access Saint Boniface in the spring of 2016. Located at the corner of Goulet and Kenny, the new centre improves access to bilingual health and community services for all Winnipegers. The Saint Boniface Access Centre builds on the concept of the Bilingual Service Centre; all users will have the option of service in French or English throughout their visit.

The Saint Boniface Access Centre houses Centre de Santé Saint-Boniface, a staple in health services in St. Boniface, alongside several other health and community organizations. Programs and services offered at the centre include primary health, mental health, disAbility, and home care. As different services are housed on different floors, each floor features a distinct accent colour to remind visitors where they are in the space and assist with wayfinding. Careful interior and architectural design features of this new building include convenient access to bus routes, covered parking, ample corridors and signage integrated into the design of the space. Together these factors contribute to a welcoming environment for all.
 

Please see above for a few photos of Access Saint Boniface.
Also, click here for a recently published piece in the french publication, La Liberte on the opening of the Saint Boniface Access Centre.

 

Access Saint Boniface Project Team
Project Architect: Chris Daly
Intern Architect and Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Hailey Connor
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel
Interior Graphics: Dayna Kroeker
 

Farewell Mel

Last week MMP said farewell to our office manager Melissa Handkamer who is now on maternity leave. Our celebration featured a delicious chocolate cake courtesy of High Tea Bakery. Melissa will be greatly missed by all of us for the next year.

We wish her the best of luck in the busy days ahead, and look forward to meeting the newest member of the MMP family!

Table for 1200 More

MMP Architects was once again, a proud table sponsor for the third annual Table for 1200 event. The pop-up 1200 foot long outdoor dining experience is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism throughout the province. This year’s 150 tables of eight snaked down Waterfront drive in Winnipeg’s picturesque exchange district. To our surprise the weather co-operated, and Table for 1200 More guests enjoyed a delicious sunset meal catered by local chefs Mander Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer.

A few photos from the event can be seen above. More information on the Table for 1200 More event can be found both here, and on the StorefrontMB website.

Edgewood Estates Apartment update

MMP is currently in the construction phase, acting as primary consultant for the expansion of the existing Edgewood Estates apartment complex, located in East Kildonan. The project is comprised of two new apartment towers overlooking the Red River, with the North Tower being phase 1 and South Tower being phase 2. The North tower (as seen in the photos above) will stand at 15 stories, and contain 224 residential units adjacent to the north end of the existing 70 Whellams Lane building. The South tower will stand at 15 stories and contain 180 residential units.

Each floor of the new North tower will contain 16 residential units varying in size from 600 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft., as well as 5 one-bedroom suites, and 11 two-bedroom suites. Suite amenities will include full appliance packages, private patio/balcony area, 8’8 ceiling heights and in-suite laundry facilities. The building orientation and its location on the Red River, will allow for 70% of the units to have unobstructed views of the river on the south and north sides of the building.

Targeted completion of the North Tower is late 2017. As the construction site drone photos (taken March 23, 2016) show, progress is well underway.

Edgewood Estates Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Architect and Contract Administration: Dustin Sharrow
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Michael Hamson

Peg City Car Co-op

MMP Architects is a proud member of Peg City Car Co-op, a car-share program which gives users access to a fleet of 22 vehicles in central Winnipeg. By joining the Co-op, employees of our firm who would otherwise have had to drive to work in order to attend meetings and site visits offsite can now continue to bike, walk, bus, or carpool to and from work while still having access to a vehicle during the day. Being a part of the car-share is an easy way for our firm to continue to provide sustainable transportation options for our employees, while also saving staff money by not needing to own a vehicle for work, and saving on exchange district parking fees.

To join the car-share, our firm bought a $500 refundable share, and added interested staff members to the plan for a small fee per person. One of the benefits of the plan is that members pay per usage (on an hourly/km basis), so if there is a month where none of our employees use a Peg City Car Co-op car, we don’t pay anything. An added value of the service is that it makes billing mileage for projects extremely easy, as km are digitally tracked and billed on a trip by trip basis by member. This means less work for our accounting team, as they can see notes made by employees on the system and bill accurate mileage for projects.

If you haven’t heard of Peg City Car Co-op I would highly advise checking them out here. Also, see above for a shot taken of one of the Peg City cars after a photo shoot at MMP’s recently completed, Access Saint Boniface (stay tuned for those photos coming to the blog soon).

Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg

Now in its fifth year, the Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.

For 2016 there are films from UK, Australia, France, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA, Ireland, Austria. The festival is presented by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, Urban Idea and Cinematheque. MMP is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Architecture + Design Film Festival, which runs from April 13-17, 2016.

For more information about A+DFF 2016, to view the full programme, and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit their website: http://adff.ca/

Hope to see you there!

TBT: Fort Whyte Interpretive Centre

MMP project, the Fort Whyte Interpretive Centre was built in 1983 as, “an exciting place where school children will learn about nature and its relevance to daily living.” The cedar clad building has weathered nicely over the past 33 years, and now shows its roots in the many old windswept and abandoned barns scattered throughout the prairies.

If you’re looking for a great write-up on the project, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has one, and can be found here. Also, please see above for a peek at some original building elevations that were scanned and sent over by a former/returning summer student of ours (thanks George!).

New CentreVenture Board Members

CentreVenture is an arms-length agency of the City of Winnipeg that acts as an advocate for business investment, development and economic growth in downtown Winnipeg. Employees of the organization are led by a volunteer board of directors who together develop and implement strategies to identify and capitalize on economic, physical, and social development opportunities in Winnipeg’s downtown region.

This morning Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee (EPC) approved the appointment of six new board members, and one re-appointed member to the CentreVenture board of directors. MMP Principal Architect Chris Daly is among the list of new members to the council chaired by Mayor Brian Bowman. Chris brings a wealth of downtown development experience to the board, drawing on his 15+ years of experience in the architectural and business sectors.

Candidates will assume their duties following a council vote to be held in one week’s time. We look forward to seeing what this new and diverse CentreVenture board of directors will accomplish for the City of Winnipeg’s downtown area.

 

For more information about CentreVenture please visit their website here: http://www.centreventure.com/

Hippo CMMS - An Origin Story

MMP Architects employs an array of talented and creative individuals, with passions and interests that extend beyond design. Such is the case with MMP Principal Architect Robert (Bob) Wrublowsky. In addition to being a 24-year architecture veteran, Bob is also known as an amateur coder with an interest in software development. 20 years ago, this interest was the driving force behind a venture into the maintenance management software world, known today as Hippo CMMS. 

Hippo CMMS specializes in user-friendly work order management, preventive maintenance, and asset/ equipment management for a variety of industries. With over 400 clients around the world and significant employee growth (the team is now at 15 full time staff members), Hippo’s simple roots have sprouted into an impressive software force. But to truly understand where Hippo is headed, we need first explain where it came from. The following is the Hippo CMMS origin story.


A GAP IN THE INDUSTRY
With a mandate to “push the envelope of contemporary design”, MMP has always valued innovation and a polished client experience. In the pursuit of providing added client value to their busy architectural projects, they tasked a young intern, Bob Wrublowsky, to find and implement automated facilities management. Bob began by teaching himself current computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and referring them to clients looking to track building maintenance. During this time, Bob found numerous gaps between the products that were available and the needs of his clients.  

Bob explained, “I believed the market badly needed a better software to create practices that would optimize the life-cycle and reduce the total cost of ownership for the buildings we were designing.”

With the old adage in mind, Bob decided that in order to deliver the perfect CMMS software to his clients, he would have to create it himself.


HIPPO'S FIRST CLIENT
The year 2000 was a turning point for the software. Charged to solve a building maintenance concern for Canada Public Works’ Northern School projects, MMP decided to utilize their newly developed facilities management software to combat the rapid deterioration of Sapotawaeyak Cree Nation School. This $32 million school would become Hippo’s first pilot project.

To ensure that the software met the unique needs of the project, Bob worked closely with software programmers to refine code and modify its interface. They determined that in order for the project to succeed, specific criteria such as a graphical and user-friendly interface, reporting system, document and image storing, and scalability, must be implemented.

These founding principles still guide Hippo’s software development today. Hippo’s Advanced Dash system is the result of the original graphical user-interface, creating the first and only graphical CMMS on the market today. In addition, its user-friendly appeal makes the software accessible for a variety of technical skill levels, while the unique pricing structure allows multi-site operations the affordability they need to capture all maintenance data.

These product guidelines set the stage for the first version of the software launched in 2002. Branded with the name OMISI - Cree for “show me how”-   the software was well received by the client and went on to be installed in later First Nation Northern School Projects. Following the Sapotawaeyak launch, Opaskwayak Cree Nation high school "Oscar Lathlin" was the second school project to receive OMISI.


HIPPO EVOLVES
As the popularity of the software grew among MMP’s client base, the developers realized that this graphical product had the potential of wider market appeal. In 2004, the firm agreed that OMISI needed a name change if it was to carry mass appeal.

Bob explained, “We selected Hippo as the name through a series of late night conferences and brainstorming about how to relaunch the product. We were looking for a symbol that represented unassuming strength, something not overwhelming or overly energized, but something that would conjure images of power and mass.” The idea to call the product Hippo FM came to life when they brainstormed the thought of software designed to keep maintenance manager’s "heads above water" through the ease of tracking PM activities. At the time, the team also decided that they tag FM or facility management at the end of Hippo to indicate the software’s functionality as an umbrella term.

Product awareness quickly grew and Hippo FM found itself in new local industries. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, which operates all health centres in Winnipeg, opted to use Hippo as their CMMS solution. In 2008, knowing that product popularity and the industry was sure to grow exponentially over the coming years, the owners decided to allocate a dedicated team of Hippo software staff to oversee product development. Three associates, working out of the MMP office, were the first members of Hippo’s evolving team. The next three years would see several strategy changes, numerous software versions, and 200% client growth.


HIPPO TODAY
Growing to a team of seven in 2013, the group decided they had outlived their capacity in the MMP office and moved into their very own Hippo headquarters (located conveniently in the vacant suite below MMP’s). Hippo received a total makeover in 2014 with the launch of its new re-brand and updated website. In addition to the aesthetic upgrade, the marketing team opted for a slight name change; dropping the FM in place of a more descriptive title- CMMS. Hippo CMMS, as we know it today, was born!

Bob continues to provide support and strategic leadership to the Hippo CMMS crew. With the help of his leadership and new investment partners, Hippo CMMS has grown to have over 400 clients and an impressive 18,000+ users from a variety of industries. With no signs of slowing down, Hippo is excited to continue this growth well into the future.


For more information about Hippo CMMS and its products, visit www.hippocmms.com.
This was a guest post written by Margeaux Girardin, Hippo CMMS Marketing Coordinator.

Ruth Gardens Apartments

Over the past 50 years, Edison Properties has played a key role in developing Winnipeg’s skyline. Edison’s vision for the future includes the revitalization of their existing buildings as well as the opportunity to develop new buildings within the community. MMP Architects partnered with Edison Properties, acting as Prime Consultant, on the construction of their newest building located at 1167 Rothesay, in North Kildonan.

The intent of the Ruth Gardens design is to be sensitive to the neighbourhood. The building has been broken into three towers rising from a four-storey base. The floor plate of each tower contains only seven units. The thin towers and their orientation on the site are intended to avoid the look of a massive building. The three individual towers keep the off-site shadows to a minimum while allowing the sun through on the east/west axis between the towers and along the south property line into the site.

This mixed-use site includes 14,500sf of new commercial space separated into 3 units located on the main floor of the building, as well as a separate single-storey Scotiabank which is located on the corner of Rothesay and Sharon Bay. Above the commercial space, the residential component consists of 213 apartments ranging in size from 700 to 1100sf spread out over 10 storeys, as well as a penthouse. Each of the first three storeys of residences includes amenity spaces for use by the tenants; these spaces feature exercise and multi-purpose rooms. 

Tenants have been occupying the space at 1167 Rothesay since Fall 2015. The project was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as in the Fall/Winter 2015 Precast Imagineering Magazine.


Ruth Gardens Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Project Architect: Michael Acht
Contract Administration: Marty Kuilman
Interior Designer: Rex Salanguit
Senior Technician: Michael Hamson

Please see the gallery above for a few photos of the building exterior, foyer, and show suite.

Pantone Sky

MMP employee Aaron Simoes captured this great shot before work a few weeks ago from his parking stall. If you haven't been to our office space before, you can spot it here. The MMP Architects office is on the second and third floor of the old Criterion Hotel at 214 McDermot (above the paperdoll sign on the right side of the photo).

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation

Last month, principal architect Robert Wrublowsky toured the Leonard Florence Centre for Living, owned by the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, in Massachusetts as part of his research on elderly care. “Rooted in the Jewish tradition but welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds, the Chelsea Jewish Foundation consistently provides high-quality, compassionate care, while focusing on the development of innovative programs and services that enable individuals to live as independently as possible.”

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation provides care to over 800 individuals daily throughout Chelsea and Peabody, MA, and employs over 1000 staff members. Services of the organization include short-term residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care, and hospice agencies

The Leonard Florence Center for Living is the first urban model Green House® skilled nursing residence in the United States. This long-term care model offers a “home-like” environment by clustering residents into smaller units of 10-12 individuals within cottage-like residences, and assigning staff to these particular Green Houses. The Green House model’s architecture focuses on three main areas that help to create a home-like feel:

  • Warm décor, furnishings and interior design that fosters serenity and socialization
  • Smart advanced technologies to improve independence and care
  • Green harmony and balance of internal and external environments, showcasing the importance of ample sunlight and greenery in the residences.

The Green House model is being utilized in MMP’s Bridgwater Personal Care Home design. Future blog posts and public announcements will delve deeper into the work that Robert Wrublowsky has been doing towards changing senior care standards throughout Manitoba.

We are happy to announce that a generous donation was made by MMP Architects to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, who is one of the largest senior living non-profits in the New England region, and is redefining senior care throughout North America.

 

For more information about the Chelsea Jewish Foundation and their urban model Green House please visit their website here: http://www.chelseajewish.org/

Community Primary Care Centre - Steinbach

Earlier today a press release was issued announcing the Community Primary Care Wellness Centre, a joint effort project between the Bethesda Foundation, Bethesda Wellness Incorporated, Steinbach Family Medical and Southern Health-Santé Sud. The intention of the new facility, to be located in Steinbach, is to improve access to primary care for Manitobans living in the South Eastman region.

Acting as primary consultant, MMP has designed a 29,447 square foot building which will provide an integrated and collaborative healthcare system through the wide variety of disciplines that will be co-located in one facility. The Community Primary Care Wellness Centre follows the “Access Centre” model that has been used throughout Winnipeg, a one stop shop for primary health.

The Community Primary Care Wellness Centre will move to tender phase shortly, and has an anticipated opening date of August 2017.


Community Primary Care Centre Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Kristin Szuminsky
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Neil Laurel

Please see the gallery above for a rendering of the proposed building exterior.

MMP Christmas Hamper 2015

Inspired by a thoughtful staff member, this year, the staff at MMP Architects put together a Christmas hamper through the Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board. Our staff were extremely generous, which allowed us to go above and beyond the recommended items (not pictured are all of the perishable items) for a large family that required some assistance this Holiday season.

The hamper was delivered earlier this week. The recipients were very thankful for the food and gifts that were provided. If you, or your place of employment is interested in the important work the Feed-a-Family program run by the Christmas Cheer Board provides please visit their website here.